A DEATH IN THE FAMILY
"Are all the Sinclair's buried here?" "No! Only the dead ones."
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A sharp decrease in the number of surviving members of the Sinclair clan indicates that someone is very anxious for the Sinclairs to join their ancestors!
The Sinclair clan is shrinking fast, much to the discomfort of Lord Brett Sinclair (ROGER MOORE), who becomes acutely aware that it may be his turn soon.
Sir Randolph Sinclair Strathers (ROGER MOORE) is the first. A crotchety old war-horse, he is blown to smithereens by a toy tank and buried in the family crypt. After the funeral, Danny Wilde (TONY CURTIS) is introduced to Brett's stunningly beautiful cousin Kate (DIANE CILENTO), who shows an unabashed interest in him. Kate writes detective stories and is convinced that Sir Randolph has been murdered. Why? Well, if a distant relative kills everybody between him and the Dukedom, he will finally inherit all the lands and fortunes. But there are quite a number who would have to be killed - It's a large family! Present head of the line is the incredibly ancient Duke of Caith (ROLAND CULVER).
Among those in danger are Admiral Horatio Sinclair Hawkins (ROGER MOORE); Roland Sinclair Timberly (DENHOLM ELLIOTT), recently returned from Australia and an expert on primitive weapons; Lance Sinclair Boswell (WILLIAM RUSHTON), overweight family epicure who seems far more likely to drink himself to death than be murdered; the Hon. Onslow Sinclair Lumsden (CHRISTOPHER SANDFORD), the impoverished pop-singing member of the clan; Sir Angus (MOULTRIE KELSALL), a typical Scottish laird with a partiality for the bagpipes; and, of course, Brett and the Duke. Also on the scene appears Lady Agatha (ROGER MOORE).
And one by one they do die, despite defence plans devised by Kate and Danny.... and all very aptly. The Admiral is drowned in a pond, Lance in a vat of his home-made win. Onslow is electrocuted when his electric guitar is tampered with. Roland is apparently killed by a poisoned dart. Sir Angus, happily playing his bagpipes, is crushed by his castle gate.
An attempt to blow up Brett is averted by Danny. But why should the undertaker, Mr. Beebe (IVOR DEAN) be murdered and placed in one of the coffins? This leads to the discovery that one of the "dead men" is not dead after all, but things look pretty sticky for Danny and Kate when they find themselves locked up in the crypt, which is time-deviced to be blown up at any moment, leaving Brett to go to the rescue. The developments are astonishing...
DEVISED AND PRODUCED BY ROBERT S. BAKER
"The Persuaders!" theme by JOHN BARRY
In charge of Production - JOHNNY GOODMAN
Lord Sinclair's clothes designed by Roger Moore.
Assistant Director - FRANK ERNST
Sound Recordist - CLAUDE HITCHCOCK
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